In the 2002, The SAT (Joel & Jose Maximo) were ECWA Tag Team Champions, while their cousin, Amazing Red, was the ECWA Heavyweight Champion. The SATs and Red helped usher in a new style that was a precursor to Ring of Honor (ROH) and the TNA X-Division style.
9 years later, the Maximos return to the ECWA. Only this incarnation of the SAT are comprised of Joel and younger brother Wil (replacing Jose who has since retired). Facing the returning Maximo Brothers will be the current ECWA/TWA Unified Tag Team Champions FUSION DS (Damian Dragon and Matt Saigon). Dragon is just coming back from injuries suffered at the hands of the Midnight Sensations in their brutal Ladder Match on Sept 24th and Saigon is just coming off a very physical battle with ECWA Heavyweight Champion “Greek God” Papadon on Oct 15th! Will FUSION be at full strength to thwart the challenge of the former champs?
The Unified Titles are up for grabs as GENERATIONS COLLIDE at the ECWA on Nov 5th, 2011 at the YMCA of Salem County in Carney’s Point, NJ.
Make sure you don’t this this Tag-Team Classic!!!
“ECWA…become a fan all over again!”
For tix call 609.220.5598
On of the great things about the NEW ERA in the ECWA, is the new, fresh talent. Take for example, Nov 5th at the YMCA in Carney’s Point, NJ. There are several newcomers on the show- Alexander James, the returning SAT, Joel & Wil Maximo, Aramis and #1 Johnny Silver!
Silver, while still very young, packs a lot of experience. Silver is a former New York Wrestling Connection (NYWC) Heavyweight Champion. He gets his shot at the oldest heavyweight championship in independent pro wrestling in the United States when he meets ECWA Heavyweight Champion, “Greek God” PAPADON! But Papadon and Silver are no strangers, in fact they have crossed paths before, and Silver has BEATEN Papadon in the past (see the match below)! Papadon has claimed some trick videography on Silver’s part, both deep down Papadon knows he is going to have his hands full with Silver.
Silver claims to be #1, and after the month of November that could be very true as Silver has the unique opportunity to both win the ECWA heavyweight Title and also be crowned the First ECWA K-CUP Champions with tag team partner Alex Reynolds (known as the Slophunters), as Silver and Reynolds are entered into the tournament on Nov 19th in Newark, DE.
Don’t miss Papadon vs. Johnny Silver for the ECWA Heavyweight Title, Nov 5th in Carney’s Point, NJ. For tix call 609.220.5598.
Hear words from Papadon on the Nov 5th Title Match:
Johnny Silver says he IS #1 and will be the ECWA Heavyweight Champion:
At ECWA on Oct 15th in Newark, DE, ECWA Commissioner DJ Hyde came to the ring for his match with Bazooka Joe. In typical DJ Hyde fashion, he tried to use his power and role as Commissioner to back out of facing Joe once again. ECWA match-maker Joe Zanolle approached ringside with 2 contracts, both signed by DJ Hyde, one for being Commissioner and one as talent. Zanolle said he went over the head of evil-ECWA owner Mike Tartaglia (who appointed Hyde as Commissioner 6 months ago) and went to Targtalia’s 2 partners in Tri-State Wrestling Entertainment, LLC (the parent company of the ECWA) and got them to outvote Tartaglia 2-to-1 in favor of terminating Hyde’s contract as Commissioner! Zanolle then stated that Hyde still had a talent contract and that if he refused to wrestle Joe, TSWE LLC would take Hyde to court for breach of contract! As a bonus for the fans, Zanolle made the match Loser Leaves ECWA for 60 days!!!! Bazooka Joe then went on to defeat Hyde to the delight of fans.
While celebrating Bazooka Joe was celebrating his win, seemingly out of nowhere, a man dressed completely in black with a mask (who has now revealed himself as Blackheart on ECWA FACEBOOK PAGE) stormed the ring and DESTROYED Bazooka Joe!!! Two security guards and a fan rushed the ring and were trashed by Blackheart. Then just as Blackheart was about to cause permanent damage to Joe, the entire ECWA locker room and staff stormed the ring led by Bazooka Joe’s best friend, Chris Wylde, and chased Blackheart out the front door where a running car was waiting for Blackheart to facilitate a quick escape! The injuries to Joe are not career threatening but he suffered head trauma, a concussion and persisting migraine headaches.
On Novemeber 19, 2011, the East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA) will hold the very first annual K-CUP TAG TEAM TOURNAMENT in Newark, Delaware. The K-CUP is basically the SUPER 8 for tag teams. The K-CUP will be part of double-header event on Nov 19th at the Boys & Girls Club in Newark, with an afternoon card at 4PM and the K-CUP at 7PM.
The teams competing in the inaugural K-CUP are:
#1- The returning Matt & Bryan Logan!
#2- “Flatliners” Asylum and Matt Burns
#3- ECWA/TWA Unified Tag Team Champions, “FUSION DS” Damian Dragon & Matt Saigon
#4- “All Money I$ Legal” K-Pu$ha & K-Murda
#5- “The Midnight Sensations” Chris Rockwell & Sam Shields
#6- “Team MackTion” TJ & Kirby Mack
#7- “The Slop Hunters” Alex Reynolds & Johnny Silver
#8- Bandido Jr & Azrieal
The ECWA named the K-CUP in honor of the Fabulous Kangaroos, one of wrestling “first tag teams.” The Kangaroos, while not the first tag team in the literal sense in the United States, they were one of the first to work as “tag team specialist.” They were one of the first to use a team or unit name, and a name that lived on with different incarnations with different members. They also were one of the first early adopters of entertainment aspects of pro wrestling using ring entrance music (Waltzing Mathilda), and also their native Australian ring jackets, hats and flag. They also used to make and throw out cardboard boomerangs to the crowd and were great self-promoters.
If you love the Super 8, or if you love tag team wrestling or loved the Crockett Cup Tournament in the 80’s, DO NOT MISS the K-CUP. For more info on the K-CUP, visit our EVENTS PAGE here. In the meantime, read this article by Donnie Liable to learn more about the contributions of the Fabulous Kangeroos to the pro wrestling industry.
Although they may not have known it at the time they began as a unit, the Fabulous Kangaroos became one of wrestling’s first full-time tag team specialists.
Giacoma Costa, who later changed his name to Al Costello, came up with the idea of the Kangaroos while learning his craft in his adopted Australia. It was in New Zealand that this fiery wrestler of Sicilian extraction got his first break in the game. Between the years of 1950 and 1956, Costello made a name for himself and collected several singles championships while competing in New Zealand. It was during this time he first met the former Mr. Australia bodybuilding contestant and budding wrestler Roy Heffernan.
It wouldn’t be until the two crossed paths while working for Stu Hart in Calgary, Canada that the first formation of the Fabulous Kangaroos would occur. Quickly the new duo became favorite draws on the international mat scene. It had always been Al’s dream to come to America and work in Madison Square Garden. His childhood dream was realized when promoter Vince McMahon Sr. called the Kangaroos to work for his Capital Wrestling company. Hours before their first MSG appearance, Costello and Heffernan dispensed 10,000 flyers, personally putting one on every other seat in the arena, proclaiming the Fabulous Kangaroos’ achievements and arrival. On July 21, 1960 in Washington, D.C., Al and Roy copped the World Wide Wrestling Federation United States tag belts from Red and Lou Bastien.
After Heffernan returned to Australia, Al Costello continued to be a stellar tag team performer with partners Don Kent, Ray St. Clair, Al Snow, and Dennis Kass. Managers “Wild” Red Berry and “Crybaby” Gearoge Cannon helped to carry the Fabulous Kangaroos to innumerable ring victories.
Roy Heffernan passed away on September 24, 1992 and Al Costello died at age 80 on January 22,2000.
You can read more about the Fabulous Kangaroos here:
ECWA 10-15-11 RESULTS; BLACKHEART ATTACKS!; NOV 5th in Carney’s Point, NJ and NOV 19th the FIRST ECWA K-CUP TAG TEAM TOURNAMENT & SUPERSHOW in Newark, DE
Results from the East Coast Wrestling Association at the Boys & Girls Club in Newark, DE from Oct 15, 2011
ECWA Mid-Atlantic Title Match: Champion “Heart Killer” Chris Wylde pinned Robbie E … Bandido Jr. pinned “Beautiful” Bobby Shields with Magnum … AHTU pinned Mr. Ooh La La with Coach Jim Shorts … After being fired as ECWA Commissioner by ECWA Matchmaker Joe Zanolle, DJ Hyde lost a Loser Leaves ECWA for 60 Days Match to Bazooka Joe. Following the match, Bazooka Joe was attacked by a masked man dressed in all black. The masked man was then chased out of the front door of the building into an awaiting running car by the entire ECWA locker room … “Midnight Sensations” Chris Rockwell & Sam Shields defeated “America’s Heroes” Kid America & “Fighting Paramedic” Corey Blaze … Adam Cole pinned Kekoa the Flying’ Hawaiian … ECWA Heavyweight Title Match, Champion “Greek God” Papadon pinned one-half of FUSION DS and the Unified Tag Team Champions Matt Saigon
-Chris Wyle defended his Mid-Atlantic Championship against TNA IMAPCT! Star Robbie E (the former ECWA “Valedictorian” Rob Geckos) in an exciting opener and heads toward the one-year mark as champion!
-The high flying and charismatic Bandito Jr made a successful debut defeating “Beautiful” Bobby Shields despite the interference of Magnum. Bandito was a huge hit with the kids!
-AHTU continued his undefeated streak as he defeated the veteran Mr. Ooh La w/ Coach Jim Shorts with a vicious and spine-breaking spear!
-ECWA Commissioner DJ Hyde came to the ring for his match with Bazooka Joe. In typical DJ Hyde fashion, he tried to use his power and role as Commissioner to back out of facing Joe once again. ECWA match-maker Joe Zanolle approached ringside with 2 contracts, both signed by DJ Hyde, one for being Commissioner and one as talent. Zanolle said he went over the head of evil-ECWA owner Mike Tartaglia (who appointed Hyde as Commissioner 6 months ago) and went to Targtalia’s 2 partners in Tri-State Wrestling Entertainment, LLC (the parent company of the ECWA) and got them to outvote Tartaglia 2-to-1 in favor of terminating Hyde’s contract as Commissioner! Zanolle then stated that Hyde still had a talent contract and that if he refused to wrestle Joe, TSWE LLC would take Hyde to court for breach of contract! As a bonus for the fans, Zanolle made the match Loser Leaves ECWA for 60 days!!!! Bazooka Joe then went on to defeat Hyde to the delight of fans..Then from the side back door a man dressed completely in black with a mask (who has now revealed himself as Blackheart on ECWA FACEBOOK PAGE) stormed the ring and DESTROYED Bazooka Joe!!! Two security guards and a fan rushed the ring and were trashed by Blackheart. Then just as Blackheart was about to cause permanent damage to Joe, the entire ECWA locker room and staff stormed the ring led by Bazooka Joe’s best friend, Chris Wylde, and chased Blackheart out the front door where a running car was waiting for Blackheart to facilitate a quick escape! The injuries to Joe are not career threatening but he suffered head trauma and a concussion.
-The Midnight Sensations of Chris Rockwell and Sam Shields defeated “America’s Heroes” Kim America & “Fighting Paramedic” Corey Blaze in an important win as the Sensations head into the ECWA K-CUP Tag Team Tournament on Nov 19th!
-Adam Cole defeated Kekoa the Flyin’ Hawaiian with the Panama Sunrise. This was an epic back and forth encounter. Cole redeemed his loss to Kekoa from July 16th in the ECWA and the score between the two is 1-1. Post-match, fans gave both an ovation and were chanting for “one more match!”
-“Greek God” Papadon defended the ECWA Heavyweight Title against one-half of the Unified Tag Team Champions and FUSION DS, Matt Saigon. Saigon put up a fight that surprised many fans and Papadon himself. Papadon hit Saigon with a barrage of moves, one after another, only to have Saigon repeatedly, almost instinctively, kick out. Papadon showed frustration and could even be heard screaming at Saigon to “just stay down!” Eventually Saigon succumbed to Papadon’s attack, but showed the ECWA just how much fight and heart he has!
ECWA has two big events coming in the month of November! First, Sat, Nov 5th at the YMCA of Salem County in Carney’s Point, NJ with the return of former WWE STAR the Blue Meanie and former ECWA Tag Team Champions, The SAT (Joel & Wil Maximo). Nov 5th also has the ECWA debut of #1 Johnny Silver, Alexander James and Aramis!
Then on Sat, Nov 19th at the Boys & Girls Club in Newark, DE it is a HUGE double-header supershow featuring the FIRST ANNUAL ECWA K-CUP (Kangaroo Cup) TAG TEAM TOURNAMENT! The afternoon event (bell time 4PM) features an ECWA Mid-Atlantic Title Match w/ “Heart Killer” Chris Wylde defending against Kekoa the Flyin’ Hawaiian. The evening event (bell time 7PM) features the K-CUP Tag Team Tournament.
6- The Midnight Sensations, Chris Rockwell & Sam Shields
7- The Slophunters, Johnny Silver & Alex Reynolds
8- Bandido Jr. & Azrieal
Also, on the evening event, ECWA Heavyweight Champion, “Greek God” PAPADON (should he successfully defend on Nov 5th in Carney’s Point, NJ against Johnny Silver) will defend against former ECWA Heavyweight Champion, the returning CHASE DEL MONTE!!!
Newark – East Coast Wrestling Association at the Boys & Girls Club: ECWA Mid-Atlantic Title Match: Champion “Heart Killer” Chris Wylde pinned Robbie E … Bandido Jr. pinned “Beautiful” Bobby Shields with Magnum … AHTU pinned Mr. Ooh La La with Coach Jim Shorts … After being fired as ECWA Commissioner by ECWA Matchmaker Joe Zanolle, DJ Hyde lost a Loser Leaves ECWA for 60 Days Match to Bazooka Joe. Following the match, Joe was attakced by a masked man dressed in all black. The masked man was then chased out of the front door of the building into an awaitng running car by the entire ECWA locker room … “Midnight Sensations” Chris Rockwell & Sam Shields defeated “America’s Heroes” Kid America & “Fighting Paramedic” Corey Blaze … Adam Cole pinned Kekoa the Flyin’ Hawaiian … ECWA Heavyweight Title Match, Champion “Greek God” Papadon pinned one-half of FUSION DS and the Unified Tag Team Champions Matt Saigon.- (10-15-11)
Tomorrow, Saturday, October 15, 2011, ECWA returns to the Boys & Girls Club in Newark, DE with a 7PM belltime (doors open at 6PM).
Scheduled card (subject to change)…
For the ECWA Heavyweight Title, “Greek God” Papadon defends against 1/2 of the Unified Tag Team Champions and FUSION DS, Matt Saigon… while this match has become personal, Saigon knows this is a rare opportunity for the oldest heavyweight championship in independent pro wrestling in the United States and he will make the most of this opportunity.
For the Mid-Atlanic Title, “Heart Killer” Chris Wylde defends against the TNA IMPACT! Star Robbie E (the former Rob Eckos)… While Robbie returns to his ECWA roots, Wylde is looking forward to locking up with a former ECWA star that he watched from the stands as a fan not that long ago and prove that he is a true superstar in his own right by turning back this challenge.
In one of the biggest REMATCHES in ECWA history, Adam Cole returns to take on Kekoa the Flyin’ Hawaiian… In July, Kekoa pinned Cole rather suddenly. Cole is coming back to avenge that loss!
Making his debut in the ECWA, is Bandido Jr! Bandido Jr says he is all about FAMILY, HONOR, TRADITION and RESPECT, as he has dedicated his ECWA run to is father, Bandido Sr, a former Northeast pro wrestler himself. But Bandido Jr, has the tough challenge of “Beautiful” Bobby Shields with Magnum. Shields has promised to make sure that he grounds Bandido Jr before he even gets off the ground.
Then in a match 6 months in the making, Bazooka Joe finally gets his hands on ECWA Commissioner DJ Hyde inside the squared circle. DJ Hyde has been making Joe’s life in ECWA miserable including screwing Joe out of the ECWA Title and then constantly ducking Joe’s challenges for a match. Saturday night be there as Joe and DJ Hyde enter the Combat Zone!
The Midnight Sensations, Chris Rockwell & Sam Shields, are now looking to climb back up the ladder to tag team title contention after losing the Ladder Match last month to FUSION DS! “America’s Heroes” Kid America & “Fighting Paramedic” Corey Blaze are a new team just coming off of Kid America’s big win over the Russian Assassin in the flag match in September and looking to parlay their new friendship into becoming contenders to the tag titles also!
And finally the monster AHTU continues on his path of PAIN and DESTRUCTION this time with his opponent being……. Mr. Ooh La La!?!?!?!? What tricks does the bumbling Frenchman have up his sleeve for AHTU and his PART ANIMALS????
TNA IMPACT! STAR Robbie E returns home to the ECWA! Rob will be conducting a wrestling clinic/seminar from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm at the Boys and Girls Club before the show. $25 per person. Call 609.220.5598 to reserve a spot.
-Rob will also have a Meet & Greet with the fans prior to the show when doors open!
-ECWA will be collecting gently used clothes for GOODWlLL at our Oct 15th event in Newark, DE. If you have any clothes that you do not need, please do not discard them with trash, donate to those who are less fortunate and could really use them! Thank You!
For info and tickets call 609.220.5598.
State of Delaware Permit #136
East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA) presents
“TNA IMPACT WRESTLING STAR ROBBIE E WRESTLING CLINIC”
Date: Sat, Oct 15th, 2011
Time: 3:30-5:30 PM
Place: Boys & Girls Club, 109 Glasgow Drive in Newark, Delaware
For: All wrestlers & students (men and women), managers, referees, valets
Contact: To reserve a space call Mike at 609.220.5598 or email email@example.com
Robbie E, formerly known as Rob Eckos, one-half of the Valedictorians w/ Billy Bax and also known as the Platinum Poppa, is an 11 year pro who trained at Independent Wrestling Federation (IWF) wrestling school under Kevin Knight and made his name on the northeast independent scene working for such promotions as the IWF, Pro-Pain Pro Wrestling (3PW), Independent Superstars of Pro Wrestling (ISPW), Northeast Wrestling (NEW) and the East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA) where he is a former Mid-Atlantic Champion and ECWA Tag Team Champion (2x with Billy Bax), competed in the 2007 ECWA Super 8 Tournament and is an ECWA Hall of Fame member, class of 2006.
During that time, Rob also worked on national TV in extra spots and TV matches for both WWE and TNA IMPACT!
Rob debuted as Robbie E for TNA IMPACT! on July 27, 2010. During Rob’s short time with TNA, he captured the TNA X-Division Championship, a title held by many greats, such as Kurt Angle, AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, Samoa Joe and many more!
I have known Rob for 7 years. Not only have I always been impressed by his skill & work and his dedication to his look & time spent in the gym, I have always admired Rob for his drive, desire, ability to promote himself and his constant networking, which is very important to make it.
I urge you to make every effort to attend this seminar, or forward this to others you think may be interested. This is a great opportunity to learn from someone who started local and made his way to national TV and PPV.
For information and to reserve a spot, please call Mike at 609.220.5598 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: You must be 18 years old to participate!
Note: Would perfer you have had at least some training or experience, but you are welcome if you have not but are SERIOUS about a career in wrestling
1. Papadon defeats Tommaso Ciampa, wins spot in 2012 Super 8- In what must be considered another classic match in ECWA history, the “Greek God” Papadon retained his heavyweight title by defeating Tommaso Ciampa. A spectacular back and forth match that first ended with Ciampa gaining the pinfall but the first referee called a DQ on Tommaso for his accidental foreman shot, which led to owner Mike Tartaglia restarting the match. Papadon quikly capitalized with a lowblow with the ref distracted by Tartaglia and then hitting the ‘Alpha-Omega’ shinging wizard to score the pinfall.
2. Chris Wylde defeats Bobby Shields(w/Gus Grand), Kekoa the Flyin’ Hawaiian- Quick possibly the biggest crowd pleaser of the night as the popular Chris Wylde once again retained his Mid Atlantic title over Bobby Shields and Kekoa the Flyin’ Hawaiian. Amazing aerial displays highlighted this match that went back and forth between all 3 men, all almost gaining victory numerous times. Wylde was beaten badly but somehow scored a pinfall over Shields after use of a swanton bomb off the turnbuckle as Kekoa could not break the pin attempt.
*Wylde was presented with the new Mid Atlantic Championship afterwards by management
3. Fusion D.S.(Damien Dragon & Matt Saigon) defeats Midnight Sensations(Chris Rockwell & Sam Shields)- Dragon and Saigon once met the Midnight Sensations in the third encounter between the teams. This time in a deadly ladder match, both teams were punished throughout. The Sensations showed that ladder matches were their speciality as they pummeled Dragon and Saigon with various moves involving both ladders in the match. Fusion came away with the victory after Dragon ran interference as Shields was mere seconds away from grabbing the belts. Saigon quickly scammpered up the ladder and retained the Unified tag team titles.
4. Ahtu defeats Cujo the Hellhound- Cujo mostly dominated Ahtu for most of this contest severely damaging Ahtu’s back with his powerful blows and slams. Ahtu never fully gained an advanatge over the dogfaced veteran. Cujo seemed to not be intimadated of the monster like previous opponents constantly one uping Ahtu. Never facing a challenge this big, Ahtu called on his fans for strength as he made his way back from certain defeat after delivering a devastating spear to gain the pinfall.
5. Julian Starr (w/Magnum and Gus Grand) defeats Cole Calloway (w/Cookie)- Special Guest ref Mr. Ooh La La made this match a living hell for Cole as he time and time again let Magnum and Grand beat on him as he lay outside the ring. Cole showed he is much more than a novelty act and put on a wrestling display much to the delight of his fans. However, making matters worse, everytime Calloway seemed posied to win the wily frenchman administered a an extra slow count. TNA Knockout Cookie stood ringside as Cole’s back-up and tried to keep the odds balanced but even she couldn’t stop a 4 on 2 advantage as Starr gained the pinfall showcasing a vast array of power and techincal moves.
6. Veda Scott defeats Kylie Pierce- Both girls made their ECWA debuts and impressed with various submissions and technical moves. Kylie took advantage of Veda early apparently injuring her knee with submisisons and ignoring the refs plees for her to break the holds. Gaining the support of the crowd, Veda made a hasty comeback using a tornado DDT and agile moves she is becoming famous for. Pierce never one to back down, met the challenge, and looked to be cruising to a win in her ECWA debut but Scott surpised with a roll up for the win.
7. Kid America defeats Russian Assassin- In the climax of this long running feud, tension and hatred was at an all time high. It was a flag on a pole match with both men’s native flags high on poles on the turnbuckle above the ring. Both men almost let their pride get in the way of victory as they constantly fought brutally and indecisively. Mr. Ooh La La tried his hardest to help his friend the Assassin win but Corey Blaze thwarted any outside interference. Kid America eventually got the upper hand long enough to gain back his beloved flag.
8. JJ the Crew Guy defeats Tony Stetson- In a match that spilled all over the Boys and Girls Club, both men proved their toughness and that they have plenty of gas left in the tank. JJ proved he could win a match even if it wasn’t one in his normal element. Stetson was clearly at home using various weapons to his advantage throughout the crowd such as garbage cans, crates, chairs, and even aluminum cans to try to defeat Crew Guy. JJ fought through the pain and eventually gained the upper hand using weapons of his own. After using a bamboo stick off the top rope, JJ the Crew Guy emerged victorious.
9. Bazooka Joe defeats Timothy Richards(w/Mozart Fontaine)- Both men had high stakes as Bazooka Joe was fighting for a chance to fight evil ECWA commissioner DJ Hyde. And Richards was fighting for a future Mid Atlantic title shot and to not lose his hair. As Joe made his way to the ring Richards took advantage brutally attacking Joe’s knee. Fontaine created interference causing even further injury. Joe, injured knee and all, scored the pinfall after a devastating slam. Afterwards, Joe celebrated his upcoming bout with Hyde and cut Richards hair off in the middle of the ring.
Honor and tradition are two very important words in the world of professional wrestling when it comes to places such as Japan, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Bandido Jr. knew from a very young age he wanted to be a wrestler as he watched his father, El Bandido, wrestle all over the country and various places around the globe. How deep did the wrestling blood go? Bandido Sr. trained in Puerto Rico for years before starting a successful run in the WWC, run by Carlos Colon (father of WWE’s Carlito and Primo). Eventually, he went for tours in Japan and Mexico landing in the promotion AAA where he even got to wrestle at the legendary Madison Square Garden. After a while he ended up on the east coast working for such promotions as JAPW and ECPW. And because of the strict traditions of Mexican wrestling, Bandido Jr. didn’t know that his father was a wrestler until he was 6 or 7 years old, the reason being that the masks that most Mexican wrestlers wear are never taken off, even in front of family. This entire time love for the sport grew in Bandido Jr.’s heart to the point he had no doubts about carrying on the family tradition and lacing up a pair of boots.
Professional wrestling in Japan, Mexico, and Puerto Rico is taken very seriously as a sport and not just sports entertainment. Once old enough, Bandido Jr. started being trained by his father in the old school way meaning things were extremely tough and there was no short cuts to be had. Numerous other instructors assisted Bandido Jr. to become the wrestler he is today, names such as the “Notorious 187” Homicide, Monsta Mack, and Low Ki. Clinics by such names as Chris Candido, Carlos Colon, and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat also helped in the shaping of Bandido Jr.’s wrestling future. To put things into perspective, because he was a second generation wrestler, training was no picnic as his own father often times sent guys to beat on him to get the message through that the sport is to be respected. Once ready, he found it very hard to promote himself and be taken seriously by wrestling promoters who often times would never give him a chance. With the support of his father, he quickly gained knowledge about the business and soon his young career took off.
Wrestling up and down the east coast for companies like JAPW, ACE, ICW, CZW, Lucha Vavoom, and even his father’s UWA he has established himself and not only a tremendous talent but someone who earned his spot. His unique style was influenced by heroes such as Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Rey Mysterio, and Mr. Perfect. His style is a mixture of technical, power, and traditional Lucha Libra moves and ir has taken many opponents by surprise. He’s earned the respect of many ring veterans and looks to follow in his father’s footsteps very closely. With many championships and accolades already under his belt how does a young competitor stay hungry?
According to him, he still has plenty of goals to obtain. He wants to wrestle overseas and in Madison Square Garden just like his father. That being said he has already completed one goal he set to do: wrestle a match with idol and legendary Japanese junior heavyweight Jushin “Thunder” Liger. He is by no means satisfied and he continues to look for new areas he can experience and have a chance to dominate. The stage has been set for his debut in the ECWA. One of the biggest and best independent promotions on the east coast and the country, Bandido Jr. is hungry to make his mark on the 44 year old company. Finally being given his chance, he turns to the fans to back him on his quest to work his way up the ranks to possible championship gold one day. Dedicating his ECWA tenure to his father, Bandido Jr. promises to dazzle fans with not only his in ring ability but the honor and tradition and two generations of wrestling.
He now debuts against the dangerous “Beautiful” Bobby Shields, a competitor in the 2011 ECWA Super 8 Tournament, on October 15th at the Boys and Girls Club in Newark, Delaware. Many things could happen but one thing is for certain… whether the outcome is victory or defeat, Bandido Jr. will uphold his family name with honor and tradition just like his father did and just like his father taught him.
-Jason Real Deal
Will Bandido Jr soar in his ECWA debut or will Bobby Shields ground him before he even takes flight?